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Halliday, Australia’s Definitive Wine Guide, had this to say:

“If you are after a rich, hedonistic shiraz that somehow remains fresh despite its decadence, here is your ticket.”

4+half glasses

Winestate Magazine World’s Greatest Shiraz/Syrah Wine Show:

4 stars



“Palate-staining dark fruits … pepper, licorice and clove … salty freshness and a bristle of firmly applied mocha oak tannins … a tried and true approach to making what is for many drinkers a classic, full bodied regional expression.”

Halliday Wine Companion 2023

The 2 Mates Story

2 mates

17 years ago, over a big drink in a small bar late one night it Italy, we decided that when we returned to Australia we would attempt to make “our” perfect Shiraz.



Naturally our wives were somewhat sceptical. However, we convinced them with our cunning logic – “If we don’t sell it, we can always drink it”. They were on board immediately.

That’s how the 2 Mates story started and it has been an enjoyable journey ever since. And we now have a large gathering of “mates” from all around Australia and elsewhere who believe that we got it right.

Our wives shouldn’t have worried after all.


We are now onto vintage number 15.

Along the way, we have picked up various awards, medals and gongs – plus some strong reviews from leading Australian wine critics. We have certainly learned a lot about what technically makes a great wine. However, the one thing we have known all along is that a great wine is really about the friends you share it with.

That’s the essence of 2 Mates. Always share it with a mate or two.




“Buy direct at mates rates.”


After all, what are mates for? 12 bottles of first-class 2 Mates Shiraz delivered free anywhere in Australia for just $390.

We're talking serious savings.

Normal RRP $420 per case plus delivery.

  • For orders or enquiries, send Mark an email at mvenable@bigpond.net.au
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  • 2 Mates bank details – Two Mates, BSB 105900, Account Number 162108640

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